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Employment Opportunity: Principal Cataloger University of New Mexico

Principal Cataloger

The University of New Mexico College of University Libraries and Learning Sciences (UL&LS) seeks a skilled, enthusiastic, and knowledgeable Principal Cataloger to work in a team environment. This position reports to Director of Technical Services. This is a full-time, 12-month position with faculty rank and tenure status negotiable based on qualifications and experience. The desired start date is August 1, 2016. The annual salary is negotiable based on qualifications, with full benefits.

The Principal Cataloger will be responsible for providing management of the Cataloging section: supervising six catalogers; providing leadership, training, and support in the department’s participation in PCC/BIBCO/NACO cataloging; cataloging materials in English and foreign languages; cataloging rare book and archival materials for the Center for Southwest Research & Special Collections; and applying metadata for a wide range of formats, using current and emerging metadata schema, principles, and practices. With the Director of Technical Services, the Principal Cataloger will develop and maintain cataloging processes, procedures, and workflows.

Position Description

Working in a team-oriented environment, the Principal Cataloger will:

  • Provide effective and efficient leadership to formulate, implement, and achieve Cataloging section goals and objectives in line with the larger Technical Services goals and the UL&LS’ strategic priorities.
  • Supervise cataloging staff and student employees.
  • Actively participate in the development, implementation and training of cataloging standards and practices for the section.
  • Perform original and copy cataloging and classification in all formats using RDA, LC-PCC Policy Statements and Program for Cooperative Cataloging guidelines, Library of Congress Classification, Library of Congress subject headings and genre/form terms.
  • Serve as UL&LS’ PCC/BIBCO representative and implement PCC/BIBCO standards at UNM.
  • Contribute headings to the national authority file through NACO; contribute PCC records through BIBCO.
  • Catalog materials in foreign languages, primarily Spanish and Portuguese.
  • Oversee cataloging materials in all formats including print, digital, manuscripts, rare books, AV, archival and pictorial materials.
  • Manage controlled subject vocabularies and apply metadata schema and metadata crosswalks to improve access to the UL&LS’ website, databases, digital media, etc.
  • Possess excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Contribute to UL&LS initiatives that further UNM’s commitment to diversity and inclusion.

UNM faculty must meet requirements for tenure and will participate in faculty governance as detailed in the UNM Faculty Handbook.

Education and Experiences

Minimum Qualifications:

  • An earned master’s degree from an ALA-accredited library/information sciences program or equivalent.
  • Two years of cataloging experience in an academic or research library in the past ten years.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience with RDA, NACO, and BIBCO.
  • Experience cataloging materials in foreign languages, preferably Spanish and Portuguese.
  • Knowledge of: Describing Archives: A Content Standard (DACS), Descriptive Cataloging of Rare Materials (DCRM), and Encoded Archive Description (EAD) standards.
  • Knowledge of common metadata schema (XML, RDF, RDA, MARC, Library of Congress classification and Dublin Core), crosswalks, concept mapping, and interoperability issues.
  • Experience successfully supervising employees.
  • Experience conducting cataloging training.
  • Experience working with an Integrated Library System.
  • Demonstrated initiative and proven ability to learn new technologies and adapt to changes in the profession.
  • Evidence of excellent oral, written, and interpersonal communication skills.
  • Evidence of problem-solving and analytical skills.
  • A demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and student success, as well as working with broadly diverse communities.


The University of New Mexico is a member of the Association of Research Libraries, the Greater Western Library Alliance, and the New Mexico Consortium of Academic Libraries, and leads the LIBROS Consortium of seventeen academic libraries in New Mexico. UL&LS contains over 3 million volumes and includes four branch libraries: Centennial Science and Engineering Library; Fine Arts & Design Library; Parish Memorial Library (business and economics); and Zimmerman Library (humanities, social sciences, and education). Zimmerman Library also houses the Center for Southwest Research and Special Collections and is a Regional Library within the Federal Depository Library Program. The UL&LS grants bachelor, master, and doctoral degrees in its Organization, Information & Learning Sciences (OILS) Program. The OILS Program prepares professionals to help individuals, groups, and organizations to learn in more effective ways. UNM is a Tier I Research Institution and a Hispanic-Serving Institution.

To apply: Applicants must apply online. Visit the UNMJobs website at Search for posting # 0833805.

Instructions: Please prepare the following documents: CV, Cover Letter addressing each Minimum and Preferred Qualification, and a list of three professional references including email and phone contact information. Questions may be directed to Leah Boetger, search coordinator, at


Deadline: The search will remain open until the position is filled. For best consideration, complete applications must be received through the UNMJobs website no later than April 03, 2016.

The University of New Mexico is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and Educator.

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